State Troopers intercepted 20 pounds of marijuana in Van Buren County
By Bobby Lee McCulley | September 1, 2017 9:29 pm
Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers recently conducted a traffic stop that uncovered approximately 20 pounds of marijuana and resulted in two arrests in Van Buren County.
On Sept. 1, 2017 at approximately 10:22 a.m., Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Jimmy Jones and Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Ballew conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in Van Buren County for speeding on Highway 30. The State Troopers came into contact with two male occupants of a Nissan Altima, which was later confirmed to be a rental vehicle.
Reportedly, the Altima was being driven by Aaron Cortina, 24-years-old and a passenger Herbert D. Torres, 23-years-old, both from Palm Bay, Florida.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Greg Tramel, a K-9 Unit from Warren County Sheriff’s Department was requested by the state troopers on the scene. The two subjects became nervous and allegedly agitated after the Warren County Deputy K-9 indicated on the vehicle, alerting to the possibility of drugs inside the vehicle.
The state troopers then conducted a search and it revealed two suitcases in the trunk of the vehicle filled with marijuana, according to Tramel. The amount of marijuana totaled to approximately 20 pounds.
Cortina and Torres were taken into custody and the contraband has been seized. The subjects reportedly stated they were traveling from Ohio to Florida.
Torres and Cortina were transported to the Warren County Jail and have both been charged with felony intent to distribute marijuana, a schedule six drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additionally, Cortina has also been charged with assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.